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The University of Delaware Police Department is charged with providing a safe and secure environment for our campus community. All members of the University Police Department are committed to providing proactive, progressive and professional law enforcement services.
In addition to providing traditional police services on campus, department staff are trained to understand the pressures and needs of students, faculty and staff. The department’s mission is not only to enforce the law but also to educate students, faculty, staff and the visiting public as to how, in cooperation with the police, they can be better prepared to enhance their personal safety.
An integral part of the educational process, UD police officers are often called upon to speak on a variety of topics including: sexual assault, drugs, crime prevention, personal and traffic safety. Our officers strive to develop and maintain a positive relationship with students, faculty and staff in order to ensure the safety and cooperation of the entire campus community. Whatever the assignment, wherever the opportunity, University Police officers perform their duties in support of the educational mission of the University of Delaware.
The University of Delaware Police Patrol Division provides police services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Patrol Division routinely patrols not only campus property, but also streets and areas surrounding or inlayed within the campus throughout the City of Newark. Patrols are conducted by vehicle, on foot and by bicycle, to be more approachable and available for the community. The primary functions of the Patrol Division are to provide a rapid response to in-progress incidents, document and investigate reports of criminal activity, and serve as a visual deterrent to crimes yet to occur.
When not responding to calls from the community, officers engage in pro-active policing. This may include high visibility patrols in areas of concern, casual and positive interaction with members of the community, or enforcement of traffic and public order laws.
The Patrol Division is composed of 4 squads of officers, each led by a sergeant. Each squad works a rotating shift, allowing officers a chance to experience all facets of policing. Officers are designated a specific area or sector as their primary area of responsibility, enabling them to learn their specific sub-communities and interact with the public. Officers in the Patrol Division are often part of other specialized units, such as SWAT or the Honor Guard, and have the opportunity to make a difference in their community based on their individual strengths.
The UDPD Criminal Investigations Unit is primarily assigned cases and investigations relative to felonious crimes and misdemeanors along with administrative investigations not cleared through preliminary investigations. CIU assists in preparing cases for prosecution, performs follow-up on original cases along with assisting the uniformed patrol division in investigations including collection, preservation and analysis of physical evidence, as well as interviewing of witnesses and suspects. Detectives of the CIU receive specialized training in case management, evidence collection techniques, crime scene investigation, forensic evidence processing, interview/interrogation techniques and criminal intelligence. They investigate most significant incidents that occur on the University of Delaware campus. The CIU is also home to the department’s crime analysis program. Ever expanding, this program utilizes statistical, demographic and geographic analysis of incident data to help direct patrol activities with the goals of crime prevention and effective enforcement.
Community Resource Unit
The Community Resource Unit is tasked with proactive patrol on bikes, foot and in vehicles addressing quality of life complaints within the campus community. The unit presents community programs to the University and surrounding communities and assists other law enforcement agencies within the state with special initiatives. These special initiatives have involved working with Delaware State Police, the Governor’s Task Force, New Castle County Police, Mobile Enforcement Teams, US Marshals Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force and Probation & Parole Safe Streets. The unit is often called upon to assist the Criminal Investigations Unit with surveillance and apprehensions of wanted subjects and other specialty assignments that the department needs to have completed outside of uniform patrol.
The University of Delaware has 2 Police/K-9 teams. The handlers and trainers received national certification from the National Police Canine Association. The K-9s are trained in explosive detection, as well as building and area searches. The University of Delaware K-9 unit officers patrol campus in high-visibility patrol and targeted enforcement. The K-9 teams are also used for building searches prior to high profile events such as football games and dignitary visits. The K-9 teams also regularly assist other police agencies.
Bicycle patrol increases the capabilities of patrol using non-traditional patrolling of the campus community. Bike officers are highly mobile and capable of responding to and patrolling areas not accessible by vehicle. Bike officers are highly trained and certified in operating police mountain bikes.
The University of Delaware Special Weapons and Tactics team provides the department and the community with tactical response to critical incidents, including hostage incidents, armed barricaded subjects, high risk warrant service, high risk vehicle stops, dignitary protection and any crisis situation or operation deemed appropriate by the command staff.
The SWAT team is a lifesaving tool that provides the department with capabilities beyond the training and experience of a normal patrol officer. Through a rigorous selection process, intensive training and state of the art equipment, SWAT officers are prepared to work under the most hazardous conditions and in the most stressful situations.
SWAT conducts regularly scheduled training sessions to maintain proficiency with firearms, tactical method and operational decision making. Training includes modules on hostage rescue, critical incident management and specialized skill sets. Each member is basic SWAT certified, has conducted advanced SWAT training in terrorist environments and is certified in basic hostage negotiations. Joint training with outside agencies, such as the Newark Police Department and the Delaware State Police, is also conducted to maintain interoperability between agencies.